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ANATOLIAN INFORMATION


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HISTORY

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is native to the rural districts of Turkey and Asia Minor where it is the shepherd’s companion and front-line defense of his flock from predators.

TEMPERAMENT

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a fiercely loyal dog that demonstrates a possessive attitude towards family, property, livestock, and whatever he grows up around. He is suspicious of strangers and can be reserved. He is often assertive, demanding and determined. This breed must be SOCIALIZED.

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IS AN ASD GOOD WITH CHILDREN

The ASD is affectionate with family and likes well-behaved children. He does not recognize children as authority figures and may be protective of his child. Supervision of children around an ASD is encouraged due to the dog’s large size and temperament. Frisbee and retrieving a ball is not the Anatolian’s idea of fun and tug-of-war games should never be encouraged. An older dog not previously raised with children should not be assumed to be tolerant of them.

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IS AN ASD GOOD WITH OTHER ANIMALS

Proper introduction to other dogs, cats and farm animals is critical to a positive relationship. The ASD likes to be top dog. The introduction period may take several days or weeks.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

 

At full maturity males weigh between 110 and 150 pounds and females weigh 80 to 120 pounds. The most common color is fawn with black mask and black ears. Other colors include pinto, white, cream, red and occasionally brindle. The Anatolian coat length ranges from short to a rough (long) coat. The breed can endure extremes of temperature and terrain. He does not drool. The breed sheds heavily twice a year and a little bit all of the time. They may dig large holes in the yard to keep cool in the summer. The ASD possesses both extraordinary speed and agility.


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WHO SHOULD OWN AN ASD

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog requires an owner who can be a strong, positive leader. Ownership of an Anatolian Shepherd Dog requires a great responsibility. If you have close neighbors who will not tolerate barking, this may not be the breed for you.

TRAINING

 

Anatolians are intelligent and independent. That combination makes them a bit challenging to train, so obedience work is a necessity. Anatolians are NOT good off leash dogs. Schutzhund (protection or bite) training should never be done with this breed.


More information and a printable flyer can be found under Brochure.